Entries by Steve Mercer


News Release – Wheat Industry Rail Shippers Welcome STB Rulings on Rate Disputes

New U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) rulings provide more streamlined processes for rail rate disputes and may benefit agricultural shippers. The STB established a voluntary arbitration program and an entirely new procedure for rate challenges, known as Final Offer Rate Review (FORR). U.S. wheat farmers and the grain trade rely heavily on rail to transport […]

U.S. Wheat 2022 Crop Quality Videos Available

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) has posted video presentations at a dedicated website, https://cropquality.uswheat.org/, to support the organization’s report on 2022 U.S. wheat crop quality. The video content includes eight presentations by wheat class and export location, a global wheat supply and demand summary and five special topic presentations. The annual crop quality effort to report […]

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Wheat Growers Welcome Introduction of CREAATE Act Supporting Increased Export Promotion Funding

ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. wheat growers have a long history of recognizing the value of export market development by supporting the successful public-private partnership with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). That is why U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcome the introduction of the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural […]

Wheat Growers Applaud Rail Agreement

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) applaud the tentative agreement reached between the railroads and rail union representatives that averts a rail shutdown ahead of Friday’s deadline. The agreement provides rail employees a 24 percent wage increase during the five-year period between 2020 and 2024, while also paying out […]


Ralph Loos Joins U.S. Wheat Associates as Director of Communications

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW), Arlington, Va., has hired Ralph Loos as Director of Communications. He comes to the organization with nearly 14 years of experience in agriculture communications, serving both the grain and livestock industries. He replaces Amanda Spoo who left USW for another position in July. “Ralph’s experience working with USDA Foreign Agricultural Service […]


Brenda Taylor Joins U.S. Wheat Associates as Director of Information Technology

ARLINGTON, Virginia – U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) has hired Brenda Taylor as Director of Information Technology in its Arlington, Va., headquarters office. Taylor is an experienced information technology (IT) manager having worked primarily in a local law firm. USW is the export market organization for the U.S. wheat industry.   “We are pleased to have […]


U.S. Wheat Associates Promotes Catherine Miller

ARLINGTON, Virginia – U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) has promoted Catherine Miller to Director of Programs. Miller joined USW in 2018 as Program and Planning Coordinator and shifted to Programs Coordinator in 2021 to reflect structural changes. “Catherine has done a great job in managing many of USW’s domestic programs, and she excelled in helping USW […]

Wheat Industry Welcomes the Administration’s Nomination of Doug McKalip

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, President Biden announced the nomination of Doug McKalip as Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). “NAWG applauds President Biden nominating Doug McKalip to this critical role, and we encourage the Senate Finance Committee to work quickly in moving forward this nomination,” said NAWG CEO, Chandler […]